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good thursday morning. coming up on "early today," a public health emergency declared in parts of the country over the flu. joe biden versus the nra today at the white house. could the president override everyone using executive orders for gun control? americans over 50 are dying earlier the worse since their counterparts. new jersey's stock is rising with democrats. desperate pleas to save these whales, and is that a lion in my neighborhood? "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, january 10th, 2013. good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo.
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health officials are calling it the worst flu outbreak they've seen in decades. at least 36 people are dead as the virus has now fred to sprun states. boston is now calling is a health emergency. in that state alone, ten times the number all of last flu season. >> it's come back early and rare fiercely. it's a rather veerrile in strain. >> boston will start offering free vaccinations this weekend. some hospitals are prohibiting visitors. experts warn we have not yet reached the peak and they're umping people to get their flu shots. vice presidenten's task force with a sit-down that includes pro-gun advocates, including the national rifle
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associations. sources say among the actions considered, expanding background checks. yesterday, the vice president met with victims' groups and safety advocates, vowing the administration is determined to take immediate action. >> i want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion, unless we can do everything, we're going to do nothing. it's critically important we act. south carolina republican congressman jeff duncan fired back at the white house yesterday releasing a statement saying the founding fathers never envisioned executive orders being used to restrict our constitutional rights. we live in a republic, not a dictatorship. meanwhile, in new york, governor cuomo proposed a stricter assault ban in his state of the address. >> no one hunts with ansa assault rifle. no one needs ten bullets to cull a deer and too many innocent people have died already. well, according to a new
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health study, americans under 50 live shorter and unhealthier lives than people of other developed countries. researchers have found that health in the u.s. lags behind 16 other nations including those in europe, australia and japan and canada. americans die from drugs, stds or other things. however, the americans fell better in cancer rates and cholesterol control. in colorado, the preliminary hearing for james holmes has ended after the ramp camp that left 12 people ted and 15 wounds. prosecutors displayed images that he took before the shooting. >> reporter: are a last-minute surprise. james holmes' defense team bowed out from presenting evidence or calling witnesses who could
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speak to the suspect's mental state. the abrupt hearing comes after two days of compelling prosecution evidence. cell phone evidence that he took himself of the shootings. one by dyed red share, sticking his tongue at the camera. another smiling at the muzzle of the glock handgun inhe frame. >> he had black eyeglasses on and he looked evil. he sat in the courtroom pretty much delighted. >> reporter: after hearing the evidence of the 31 gunshots during the 20-second call. investigators outlined how holmes spent weeks preparing for the attack. preordering his movie tickets and bobby trapping his apartment with explosives to draw first responders away from the theater. now, the next step in the legal process, a trial with the possibility of a death penalty or a plea deal that would save the cost of a trial and avoid
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the grief of family members reliving the horrible events again. leanne gregg, nbc, centennial, colorado. president obama's cabinet continues to take shape as his second term begins. hilda soleis announced she will be leaving, and jack lew will be nominated to replace tim geithner. a developing story north of the border, residents in canada are pleading or outside help to rescue a group of whales trapped in sea ice. right now, the mammals are gathered around a single hole in the ice. the villagers are can go the canadian government to send an ice breaker quickly top a team from the canada fishery department is expected to arrive today. now, for a look at the weather. it is kind of depressing, hopefully, they fare okay. dylan dreyer is here with the weather. >> thank you, good to be back. weatherwise, the east coast
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enjoying a really nice january thaw. in fact by the time we get to the weekend, temperatures will be well above average perhaps as much as 20 degrees. right now, we're talking about a lot of rain and it's falling around louisiana especially. yesterday, we picked up two to three inches of rainfall across parts of eastern texas. now, that heavy rain is going to sit over louisiana, through arkansas and eventually push into kentucky and tennessee and stay there for a while. it's not moving east ward all that quickly. and you can see the heavy rain and thunderstorms all across the gulf coast. right through louisiana. stretching right up into northwestern parts of mississippi as well. and a closer look shows you just how much lightning is associated with these thunderstorms as well. it's just streaming in off the gulf of mexico. and that is going to allow perhaps two to four inches of rain to fall in this area. and again, that's over the next 48 hours. and it will slowly spread eastward. that's a look at the weather across the country. now, here's a peek out your
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window. >> the new york city is 48 degrees. not bad, above average. we're also looking at temperatures today to top out in the upper 50s. and charlotte north carolina, looks pretty did there. minus a couple showers in orlando, florida, 81 degrees. >> so really the entire east coast enjoying above-average temperatures. florida's about 10 degrees above average. >> i love it when you bring good news. >> i know. well, an asteroid fly-by, a beer just for dogs and apple and facebook. plus, what should have been a fun adventure ended tragically for two men inside this inflatable ball. you're watching "early today." >> announcer: "early today" is brought to you by therm ma care heat wraps. no pain, just relief.
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welcome back, here are some other stories making news this morning. secretary of state hillary clinton is scheduled to 3450e9 today with the president of afghanistan, hamid karzai.
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they're expected to discuss peace talks with the taliban and future troop levels before karzai sits down with obama on friday. new jersey governor chris christie is not happy with the image of himself on "time" magazine. they say they made him look like a mob boss. it shows christie ace handling of superstorm sandy has made him more popular with democrats than republicans. next, to a disturbing story out of russia. what was supposed to be an enjoyable adventure took a giant turn as a giant ball with two men inside veered off course and rolled off a mountain cliff. one man was killed, and the other is in serious condition. off the coast of australia, a man lost control of his boat, fell out and was equipmenting nearby while the boat was going in circles. a policeman was able to rescue the boat. and a buy-by of the earth last night at a distance of 9
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million miles. it's more than 1,000 feet wide. and could hit the earth by 2036. i certainly hope not. the dow opens at 13,390, the s&p and nasdaq were also up. overseas, the nikkei rose 74 points while the hang seng rose 75. today, we'll see how investors react to the latest data, weekly jobless claims, holiday soils and oil from chevron. meanwhile, apple closed above 700 while facebook was spiraling fast. well, now, facebook is the nasdaq 100s best-performing stock up 70% from september. while apple down 22% is at its worst. bailed out insurer aig is nw suing.
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>> five years after the government collapsed the wall dog is laying down borrows to promote assets. 700 have reportedly been let go in the wake of the $40 million settlement. meanwhile, layoffs are looming at morgan stanley for 1600 jobs. boeing is playing down a string of mishaps saying it has extreme confidence in its new dreamliner 787. paerngtly starbucks cups are a hit. a new survey finds 1 in 4 people have purchased one. >> folks in georgia have camped outside a chick-fil-a for the chance for one free sandwich a year. overseas bargain hunters scrambled. meanwhile, shoppers in paris stripped down for a free outfit offered to customers in their undies. at an end to an era to the
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monopoly tokens. they ask you to choose one. the iron or the thimble are the ones on their way out. finally, craft beer for dogs? well, almost. an oregon has brewed up an organic nonalcoholic drink he calls dog frog. a sing is 36 bucks. who wants to spend 36 bucks on a dog. billionaire mark cuban slapped by the nba. the lion dog and jimmy beats days. plus, a tough day for new yorkers. we'll have the latest on what caused this commuter ferry accident and also this crane collapse. and we have a lot of rain right now streaming right through louisiana, where is it headed? all of your forecast, you're watching "early today."
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today, the president hosted a screening of nbc's white house comedy "1600 penn" which centers on a goofy guy who keeps embarrassing the white house. or as joe biden put it, why's everybody looking at him? [ laughter ] here's a look at other stories making news in "early today" in america. passengers were tossed around when a new york ferry slammed into a new york pier. the crash let over 70 people blooded and battered.
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the national transportation safety board has launched a team to investigate the accident. and new york firefighters were investigating a cable snap. a drug deal bust turned baltimore streets into a drag strip. a female suspect led police on a hair-raising chase for 30 minutes before they pinned her in and made their arrest. a washington woman decided an uninvited guest under her home. she learned of her intruder when her heating system began working improperly. repairman discovered bottles in a drawl space that the stranger may have been living in for over a year. and finally, passengers spotsed pooch running around. emergency operators were flooded with reports of a baby lion in the area. it turns out that the dog was deliberately groomed to resemble
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old dominion's mascot big blue. and the baseball hall of fame. baseball's home run king barry bonds only got about 36% of the votes from the baseball writers association of america because of the taint of performance-enhancing drugs. pitcher roger clemens who won seven cia awards only got 37%. and sammy sosa only got and no other players had the required 75%. in the nba, kier rir irving had 33 points and the cavaliers beat the hawks 90 niengt-83. >> kevin durant led with 26 points over minnesota and they defeated the timberwolves. the thunder used to be the seattle supersonics until 2008. now seattle may get another team, the kings are close to be sold to steve bonner and chris
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hanson. dallas mavericks billionaire mark cuban has been fined by the nba for a tweet about poor officiating. during his 13 years an an owner, cuban has paid an estimated $2 million or more in nba fines. and next month, a rare 148-year-old baseball card might bring about $100,000 of auction. it's an original 1865 photograph of the brooklyn atlantic's baseball club mounted on a card and it was found at a yard sale in maine. the only other card like it is in the library of congress. just ahead, musical stares to brighten your morning commute. who won big at the people's choice awards. and a new home for a family devastated by hurricane sandy. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back. we are about to start off a nice warming trend across the east coast. it's already in the 40s right now. that's warmer than our average high temperature for this time of ar. so we are certainly off to a good start. we've got heavy rain, though, down across new orleans. severe thunderstorms possible. look at our temperatures. 48 degrees today in kansas city. and then tomorrow, it looks like temperatures will get back into the 30s. mara. >> thanks so much, dylan. well, the people have spoken, and they are crazy for the "the hunger games." the blockbuster film was the big
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winner at last night's people's choice awards notching out five wins including favorite movie. adam sadler won famous comedic actor. beyonce is leaving little to the imagination on the cover of "gq" magazine. the singer wearing a football jersey that is not regulation side will perform next month. jimmy kimmel live moving proved to be less than half successful. raked in fewer than the late show hosts. lindsay lohan is accused of stealing a bracelet that belonged to liz taylor. the "liz and dick" star was very vocal. a short time later, the braceletle disappeared from a house. jennifer lopez said her age is closer to 16 than 18. she's currently scripting a
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25-year-old. i can't fault her, i feel like i'm 19, what can i say. >> i married a 27-year-old. this next one comes from breezy point, new york, where a charity group orchestrated an emotional homecoming for a retired company devastated by hurricane sandy. the crew of volunteers spent three weeks rebuilding their storm-battered home. after a fresh coat of paint, the welcome mat was laid out foyer a surprise the couple never saw coming. i'm mara schiavocampo. this is "early today," this, your first stop of the day on your nbc station. [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents on their own are fantastic
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then given a delicious design? a toaster strudel. pillsbury toaster strudel. so fun. 4:28. a wide range of temperatures to kick off the morning. tom will have more in a moment. welcome to "news4 today," i'm aaron gilchrest. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today." in prince george's county, a fire started in the basement of a home in mitchellville. this happened around 2:00 on the 3200 block of lottsford-vista road. the fire spread to the rest of the house. no word on if anyone was injured or how the fire started. in fairfax county, a fire started on the back poach of a townhouse in oakton. it broke out after midnight on bushman drive not far from
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activities -- i-66. everyone got out okay. the cause is under investigation. this morning, robert griffin iii begins the road to recovery. in florida he had major reconstructive surgery to his acl and lcl yesterday. it's coming upped he'll heal in four to six months meaning he could be ready for the start of next season. this was griffin's second major surgery on the right knee. he tore the acl in college. two construction workers from our area are dead after being hit by a car in a work zone. they were killed yesterday morning. police say a car suddenly veered into a construction area and hit them near the town of northeast maryland. that's near the delaware line. they were both pronounced dead at the scene. jackson was the father of 15 children. >> he was about his children, all


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